Oversight

Williams Ordered to Pay Refunds for Lost Storage Gas

The Market Oversight and Enforcement Section of FERC’s Office ofGeneral Counsel has ordered Williams Gas Pipelines Central Inc. topay refunds and reduce its base tariff rates for customers servedby its Webb storage facility in Grant County, OK.

December 29, 2000

Texas Watchdog: More Pipeline Oversight Needed

The industry-friendly Texas Railroad Commission would do abetter job of determining the fees the energy companies pay intothe state’s Oilfield Cleanup Fund — but it needs to beef up itsrole in regulating pipelines — according to a report by the TexasSunset Advisory Commission. Some of the criticisms noted areexpected to be corrected in pending proposals at TRC.

December 4, 2000

Texas Watchdog: More Pipeline Oversight Needed

The industry-friendly Texas Railroad Commission would do abetter job of determining the fees the energy companies pay intothe state’s Oilfield Cleanup Fund — but it needs to beef up itsrole in regulating pipelines — according to a report by the TexasSunset Advisory Commission. Some of the criticisms noted areexpected to be corrected in pending proposals at TRC.

December 1, 2000

Hoecker Sees State, FERC Oversight of RTOs

FERC Chairman James J. Hoecker last week proposed that state andfederal regulators work together to ensure that regionaltransmission organizations (RTOs) result in healthy regionalelectricity markets.

November 20, 2000

Hoecker Proposes Joint State, FERC Oversight of RTOs

FERC Chairman James J. Hoecker last week proposed that state andfederal regulators work together to ensure that regionaltransmission organizations (RTOs) result in healthy regionalelectricity markets.

November 20, 2000

Trading System Dodges FERC Oversight

E-commerce services provider Automated Power Exchange Inc. (APX)said its new electronic power trading platform does not fall underthe FERC’s jurisdiction because it uses no price-settingmechanisms. The company challenged FERC over its jurisdiction ofelectronic power trading and said the recent denial of its courtpetition will have little impact on the Santa Clara, CA-basedcompany.

March 20, 2000

Trading System Dodges FERC Oversight

E-commerce services provider Automated Power Exchange Inc. (APX)said its new electronic power trading platform does not fall underthe FERC’s jurisdiction because it uses no price-settingmechanisms. The company challenged the FERC over its jurisdictionof power trading and said the recent denial of its petition willhave little impact on the Santa Clara, CA-based company.

March 14, 2000

Canada’s NW Territories Calls For NEB Oversight of Nova

On the heels of a spectacular discovery on its turf, Canada’sNorthwest Territories has tossed a red hot potato into the lap ofthe nation’s natural gas community. The government in Yellowknifeis calling on the National Energy Board to take control of the11,000-mile Nova pipeline grid’s tolls and development away fromthe Alberta government.

May 24, 1999

Senate Hearing into Power Price Spikes Set

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee is scheduledto hold an oversight hearing Thursday into the price spikes in theMidwest electricity market last June. A key witness will be FERCChairman James Hoecker, who is expected to disclose “some, if notall, of [FERC staff’s] analysis” of the events that lead up tounprecedented power prices.

September 22, 1998

INGAA Supports OCSLA Oversight in Gulf

The Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA) isexpected to file a comprehensive plan today asking FERC to exertlighter handed regulation over all pipeline facilities in the Gulfof Mexico.

July 16, 1998
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